Escape life?

Hello or I should say ‘Merhaba’ from Turkey! I arrived in Turkey very late Sunday night and the last few days have been soaking up the sun and relaxing in the town of Bozburun with one of my best friends. Bozburun is a very quiet fisherman’s town near Marmaris on the Aegean Coast. It’s actually very nice to be in a quiet place for a bit to just relax and focus on not doing much at all. We’ve been sunbathing, swimming, reading, going out on the water & eating, and it feels wonderful to escape the hustle and bustle of London for a bit. Came across this quote the other day and thought it was appropriate for today’s midweek message!

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“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us!”

I actually took this photo today on my iPhone while out on a boat trip! Incredibly beautiful blue water right? For more photos of my holiday follow me on Instagram @dutchessroz. I hope you all have a Happy Hump Day. Today we will be heading to Datca and then after that off to Bodrum for a few nights of luxury. Oh isn’t holiday bliss? :)


  
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Leopard Sneakers

Slip on printed sneakers are the ideal summer shoe trend because they are comfortable and stylish. For a little while I’d been on the lookout for some leopard sneakers and I finally found the perfect ones at ASOS, and for only £20! These leopard Dockland Plimsolls (link) are such a fun accessory to accompany many outfits.

I could go on and on about how to style them but here some quick ideas; think (distressed) jeans and a crisp white shirt // black leather skirt and black top // a little white tunic dress // your favourite denim shirt and red jeans // bright shades like orange go great with leopard print // but also more neutral toned shades like camel or olive green // an all black outfit, or even being more of a rebel and mixing it with other prints. Like combining leopard print with stripes! Here a recent outfit of the day with my new ASOS Leopard Sneakers.

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Waxed cropped black jeans by ZARA // White short sleeve tee by ZARA // Thin nautical striped knit by Vera Moda – which I threw on later in the day // Olive Parka from H&M // ASOS Docklands Plimsoll Leopard Sneakers (link) //  Simone Necklace by Maison Miru // Watch by Michael Kors // Arm candy by Tiffany & Co, Monica Vinader and London W11 bangle by  Whistle & Bango (as seen here).

The ASOS Docklands Plimsolls are also available in other prints, like grid, floral or check, see full range here. Which ones do you like?


  
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Italian Baked Eggs

One of the days when I was on holiday in Italy a few weeks back, turned out to be Father’s day! Now normally (seeing I haven’t lived in the same country as my parents for over 12 years) I can’t do much on this day – in person- to treat my dad, but as we were on holiday together I promised that I would cook breakfast in bed for him that day. My plan was to make Italian Baked Eggs (because when in Rome, uhh I mean Italy) as I’d seen on Pinterest. But I had to adapt my plans a little bit when I realised that our little Tuscan apartment didn’t have an oven.  But I didn’t let that throw me off and just made my Italian Baked Eggs on the stove which worked perfectly! It was a lovely day so instead of dad having breakfast in bed, we all enjoyed it together on the terrace. This is a great breakfast, brunch, lunch or even dinner recipe for a small group of people and is very easy to prepare. Let me show you how!

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Italian Baked Eggs

INGREDIENTS
(serves 2-3)

Olive oil
1 can (330ml) of crushed or chopped tomatoes
5 large eggs
1 large onion
2 cloves of garlic
small bunch of fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
and about 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Bread to serve

INSTRUCTIONS

Finely chop the onion and garlic and saute with some olive oil in a large fry/skillet pan on medium heat until browned and soft. Add the can off chopped tomatoes, some salt & pepper, the shredded Parmesan cheese and some chopped basil leaves. Keep some of the leaves to throw on in the end. Then simmer this for about 5 minutes until the tomatoes have reduced into a slightly thicker (and amazing smelling) sauce. Now create some spaces in the sauce for your eggs. Crack them open and gently tip them into the sauce-gaps. Now cover with lid and allow the eggs the cook to your own runny-ness preference, I personally like my eggs to ooooze delicious yellow egg yolk! This would take about 5 minutes I say but keep an eye on them so they don’t overcook (or under cook for that matter). You’ll know when they are done if you just give them a little prod – the eggs whites should be solid and the egg yolk is allowed to jiggle a little! Just before you take them off the stove, sprinkle with the shredded Parmesan, shredded basil leaves and some more salt & pepper to season. Then serve immediately – I like to serve mine straight from the pan – with warm toasted bread for dipping!

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Yummmm! This recipe is actually quite similar to my favourite Shakshuka dish (recipe here) but then Italian style! Dad loved the breakfast and it was a great way to start our day in Tuscany. We headed out for sight seeing feeling full and happy :)


  
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Bailey Nelson Covent Garden

The other day I got invited to have a little browse around the Bailey Nelson store in Covent Garden. Being Dutch I always love a good bargain and Bailey Nelson’s offering is definitely that; as they offer funky designed, high quality prescription glasses and sunglasses at super affordable prices. Let’s have a look shall we?

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Bailey Nelson now have 4 boutiques in London and Covent Garden is their flagship store. The boutiques are very much about enjoying the experience of helping you find the perfect pair of Bailey Nelson spectacles and there doesn’t feel anything like your usual optician store. The funky in-store design and friendly staff made me feel right at home straight away. And that’s how you want to feel when you’re trying on glasses; comfortable, don’t you agree?

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Now onto the best past, the totally transparent pricing – everything in the store costs £98! This will buy you an awesome pair of frames INCLUDING single vision prescription lenses or a pair of cool polarised sunglasses (which can also be prescribed at no extra cost). All lenses are high quality and come with anti-scratch, anti-glare and anti-reflection coatings as standard (there is no up sell). Knowing that every pair in the store is the same price means you can try everything on and not worry about the price, but more focus on the style and the feeling that pair of glasses gives you. I love trying on new glasses and sunglasses, it’s such a fun experience and great way to try out new looks. So I went on the hunt for a fun new pair of sunnies…

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Some of my favourites were the black Lucette Cat Eye Shades, the over-sized Tortoise Mim’s shades and the Virginia shades in bright blue. I would have loved to get the Mim’s ones but unfortunately I have quite a small head so they just looked too big on me. But I did find a pair that I loved very much and straight away felt like the perfect fit – the Wallace!

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What they look like on me? To be continued. I am off on holiday to Turkey on Sunday so I’m sure they will come in very handy over there :)

For more information about Bailey Nelson or to find one of their stores (currently they are based in the UK, Australia and Canada) visit their website www.baileynelson.co.uk or just pop into the Covent Garden Boutique to try out their funky designs for yourself.

Bailey Nelson – Covent Garden
69 Neal Street, Seven Dials, London, WC2H 9PJ
You can also find them on Twitter @BaileyNelsonLdn or Facebook 


  
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What do you want?

The million dollar in life is – what do you want? Because life is what you make it and you can have anything you want if you work hard enough – right? So then only thing you have to do is to figure out WHAT it is you want and then going from point A to point B to get it. Simple, right?  WRONG!

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“I am almost never sure about what I want but I am always sure about what I don’t want.”

Life is about the journey, the biggest and most important part of your journey is finding out what the world has to offer and determining if what is offered is what you will accept. Don’t limit yourself. Sometimes it is easier to find out what it is you DON’T want, so that you can begin the voyage of finding out what it is that you DO want. I think it’s important to evaluate your experiences and remember that what works for someone else might not work for you. IT’S OKAY; go to the next option (trust me, there are many) and be patient and realistic about your expectations.

Remember, life is a journey and journeys are not meant to be quick and easy. They are meant to be traveled. Happy Hump Day everyone :)


  
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